Please note that this is part one of a 4-part assignment and I would like you to eventually complete all 4 parts as long as you provide “A” quality work. I am flexible on the time-frame of completion as well if you need more time to produce quality work. I will give you now the guidelines for all 4 parts because you must ensure that in the future you will be able to complete all sections of the assignment with the company that you choose. Below I have the class textbook listed which you must have access to:
Melicher, R. W., & Norton, E. A. (2017). Introduction to finance: Markets, investments, and financial management (16th ed.) [VitalSource Bookshelf version]. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/97811193211…
I have also attached the study guide for this unit.
The below instructions are for part one of the project:
Research Paper: Part I
In Unit VII of this course, you will submit a final paper on a publicly traded company of your choice. You will complete this paper over several units in this course. For this assignment, you will be completing the first part of this project. It would be a good idea to read all of the milestones of this assignment in the units that follow to ensure that the company you choose has sufficient information to complete the project. For this first assignment, follow the instructions below.
Select the company you will be researching for your paper. Compose a brief paper that gives an overview of your company. Your summary should include the following: the type of firm, the banking structure of the firm in terms of current and past investments, what industry it is in, and any relevant history or background information. Make sure to also incorporate how the firm currently structures its capital by identifying banking relationships.
Your paper must be at least two pages in length, and you must use at least two academic sources. Any information from a source must be cited and referenced in APA format, and your paper must be formatted in accordance to APA style guidelines.
***The rest of these instructions will be for the future ongoing assignments. IMPORTANT: the company you choose MUST have easy access to all the below information for these future assignments.***
Research Paper: Part II
In Unit II, you began working on your research paper that will be due in Unit VII of this course. In this unit, you will continue researching the company that you selected for your paper. For this assignment, evaluate the following items in relation to your chosen company:
- Which stock market exchange is the company listed on?
- Look at the past three years’ worth of stock activity for your company.
- What is the average stock price during that period?
- What was the high/low price?
- Has the company ever initiated a stock split?
- How many shares of stock are outstanding? Authorized? Issued?
- Would you invest in this company based on what you have evaluated? Why, or why not?
- Compare this company’s stock to another company within the same industry. How does the stock compare in terms of price and activity? Explain.
Your paper must be at least two pages in length, and you must use at least two sources. Please adhere to APA Style when creating citations and references for these sources.
Research Paper: Part III
For this assignment, you will continue researching your chosen company. Compose a paper on the financials of your chosen firm; you will choose two ratios from each category (liquidity, profitability, and solvency) and conduct an analysis as well as highlight key areas/trends of the income statement and balance sheet. Be sure to answer the following questions in your response:
- What do the ratios reflect?
- Does the company appear healthy and headed in the right direction? Explain.
- How does the company compare to another firm in the same industry in regards to financial metrics (for instance, a comparison of Target versus Walmart based on the basic ratio categories mentioned above)?
Your paper must be at least two pages in length, and you must use at least two sources. Please adhere to APA style when creating citations and references for these sources.
Final Research Paper
Throughout this course, you have been working on your research paper on a company you have chosen. For this assignment, you will consolidate the parts of the assignment you wrote in Units II, V, and VI. In addition, you will add a new section that comprises content you have learned in this unit.
First, combine Parts I-III of your paper. Be sure to make any changes necessary based on feedback you have received. Make sure that you include an introduction and transitions so that these three parts read as one cohesive document.
Then, you will need to examine your firm’s working capital management. Look at the firm’s annual report and answer the following questions:
- What is the firm’s cash position? Does the firm reflect positive cash balances for the last three years?
- What methods does the firm use to ensure and maintain positive cash flows?
- What methods of short-term financing does the firm use?
Conclude your paper with a final recommendation about whether or not this company would be a good investment for potential investors. Your finished paper must be a minimum of seven pages long, and you must use at least five sources (most of which were likely used in other units). At least one source must come from the CSU Online Library. Any information from those sources must be cited and referenced in APA format and you should format your paper in accordance to APA guidelines.